Posted by BMR in Brett Moffitt Racing on 9/2/2015

Bojangles' Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, S.C.

Brett Moffitt | No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford

"I've never been to Darlington -- never seen the place -- but I'm kind of excited about it. It's seems like a really cool racetrack and I think it will be a lot of fun. You run right up by the fence there. That's where the most speed is. So, I'm looking forward to it, even though I don't know really what to expect. But it should be fun."

JUST THE FACTS: Sunday's Southern 500 will be Moffitt's first appearance in his racing career at Darlington Raceway ... Moffitt earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award at Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 22 and now leads the Rookie of the Year campaign by nine points ... The Dockside Logistics colors return to the No. 34 Ford for the Labor Day weekend race.

Cole Whitt | No. 35 Speed Stick Ford

"Darlington was actually my first big track that I got to go to with the Truck Series. I got the pole, and it was really cool because no one expected us to do that. I think we even had to qualify in on speed. So, to grab the pole and lead a bunch of laps early in the race was something that was just pretty special to me.

"It's as tough as everyone says. We'll definitely use the wall up for sure. You run right against it and it's the fastest way around the track. I like it, even though it wasn't very nice to me in my Cup debut there. We had a decent run going and then got into the wall and caused my own problems. But I've learned a lot since then. So, I look forward to going back there in the Speed Stick Ford and establishing myself a little bit better there. The Lady in Black and I got off on the wrong foot so hopefully we'll be able to rebound this time."

JUST THE FACTS: Whitt has two prior Sprint Cup starts at Darlington Raceway ... He earned the pole position and finished eighth in his only Camping World Truck Series start at the 1.366-mile oval (2011) ... Speed Stick returns as primary sponsor of the No. 35 Ford ... Whitt will be at the Ford Performance display at Darlington Raceway on Sunday at 3 p.m. for fan Q&A.

David Gilliland | No. 38 Love's Travel Stops Ford

"It's tough. Darlington is probably the most challenging racetrack I've ever raced on. But, it's fun. I talked to some of the guys that did the tire test down there, and they said there is a lot of fall-off and the track is aging, and it's getting back more to the old Darlington. It's tough in the driver's seat, too. The more challenging a track is, the more tense you are. And with the heat, it just builds on that. So, it can be a very physically demanding race. 

"We've had some run-ins with the 'Lady in Black' before. But we're going with our Love's Travel Stops Ford this time. It has hearts on the paint scheme, so hopefully she'll like that and be nice to us."

JUST THE FACTS:  Gilliland has eight Sprint Cup starts at Darlington Raceway ... His best finish at the 1.366-mile oval is 20th (2008) ... Love's Travel Stops returns as primary sponsor of the No. 38.

Starting Lineup

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POS. Car # Driver Manufacturer Sponsor Best Speed Best Time Behind
1 2 Brad Keselowski Miller High Life 178.874 27.492 Leader
2 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation 177.588 27.691 --0.199
3 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser / Jimmy John's 177.415 27.718 --0.226
4 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 177.319 27.733 --0.241
5 24 Jeff Gordon 3M 177.192 27.753 --0.261
6 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips 176.905 27.798 --0.306
7 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row/Visser Precision 176.848 27.807 --0.315
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Cargill Ford Fusion 176.670 27.835 --0.343
9 21 Ryan Blaney Snap-On Tools 176.195 27.910 --0.418
10 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crispy 176.075 27.929 --0.437
11 43 Aric Almirola STP 175.962 27.947 --0.455
12 27 Paul Menard Moen / Menards 175.297 28.053 --0.561
13 19 Carl Edwards Arris 177.511 27.703 --0.211
14 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 177.217 27.749 --0.257
15 5 Kasey Kahne HendrickRideAlong.com 177.204 27.751 --0.259
16 42 Kyle Larson Mello Yello 177.134 27.762 --0.270
17 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 177.045 27.776 --0.284
18 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 177.013 27.781 --0.289
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's 176.860 27.805 --0.313
20 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's/Cessna 176.568 27.851 --0.359
21 55 David Ragan Ol' Aaron's Dream Machine 176.264 27.899 --0.407
22 25 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts 176.119 27.922 --0.430
23 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar 175.943 27.950 --0.458
24 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford Fusion 153.498 32.037 --4.545
25 83 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors 177.339 27.730 --0.238
26 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Valvoline 177.000 27.783 --0.291
27 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt 177.000 27.783 --0.291
28 15 Clint Bowyer Buddy Baker Tribute Toyota Camry 176.714 27.828 --0.336
29 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol 176.682 27.833 --0.341
30 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy 176.613 27.844 --0.352
31 40 Landon Cassill #Snap Honor 176.594 27.847 --0.355
32 13 Casey Mears No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 176.511 27.860 --0.368
33 9 Sam Hornish Jr Winn Dixie 176.372 27.882 --0.390
34 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/House-Autry 176.144 27.918 --0.426
35 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 176.025 27.937 --0.445
36 26 J.J. Yeley Beds For Kids 175.981 27.944 --0.452
37 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick 175.159 28.075 --0.583
38 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops 174.680 28.152 --0.660
39 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 174.624 28.161 --0.669
40 34 Brett Moffitt Dockside 174.117 28.243 --0.751
41 23 Jeb Burton Estes 173.970 28.267 --0.775
42 33 Mike Bliss Little Joe's Auto Chevrolet SS 172.954 28.433 --0.941
43 98 T.J. Bell Premium Motorsports 172.167 28.563 --1.071

About Front Row Motorsports

Front Row Motorsports is a race-winning organization competing in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, fielding the No. 34, the No. 35 and the No. 38 Fords. The team is owned by Bob Jenkins and is headquartered just outside of Charlotte, N.C. FRM was named to INC Magazine's "INC 5000" list in 2012, recognizing the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The team's partnership base is representative of more than $200 billion of the U.S. economy and includes organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Love's Travel Stops, Colgate-Palmolive, CSX Transportation, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's. Visit teamfrm.com.

Contact:

Shari Spiewak, Breaking Limits, LLC
704-200-1779
sspiewak@breakinglimits.net

 

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